One of the most beautiful villages in France Gordes is a village perched on its rock, sublimated by the centuries and the work of man. Architectural and cultural richness, history and breathtaking panorama make this must-see village a flagship of Provence.
Gordes, classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, occupies a special place. It is a village that you see from a long distance and when you reach its feet, you feel that it has always been watching over the valley, so much as it is with the plateau that it marries powerfully, proudly.
Gordes has long been one of the most beautiful villages in France, rightly so. It is a must-see village where limestone, dry stone walls and bories are ubiquitous components of the landscape. The village is sheltered under the castle, designed to protect the vulnerable junction with the plateau, since 1031.
For 7 centuries, it became one of the lookouts of Provence with its strong walls, its high houses with rare openings and its lacis of alleys. In the upper part of the village: the castle, the church of Saint-Firmin, restaurants and shops.
The Birth of Perched Villages
To protect themselves from the barbaric troops attacking villages in the 5th century AD. In the early years of BC, their populations return to the highest points to take refuge on rocks (Gordes) or hills (Oppede). These eagle nests will become our perched villages to explore and discover during your stay.
Discover the must-see points that make this village famous.
Classified as a Historical Monument in 1931, it was built between the 12th and 17th centuries. It was the preiety of the family of Agoult Simiane who ruled Gordes for nearly 700 years. They transformed the medieval building into an imposing Renaissance castle (1525). From 1971 to 1996, it housed the didactic museum of the Hungarian master of Op Art Vasarely and the works of the Flemish artist Pol Mara from 1997 to 2011. Today it hosts major summer exhibitions.
Cistercian monastery in operation, founded in 1148, located in the heart of the Senancole Valley, 4km from Gordes. A place of worship with monks and where services are celebrated. (Exclusive tours this year accompanied by a Cistercian monk. See guided tours)
The Abbey of Notre Dame de Senanque is one of the most famous tourist sites of the Luberon Regional Natural Park
Semi-troglodytic site built by man and dug into the rock witness to the handicraft activities of the village in the Middle Ages (olive oil mill, silos, vats...).
Restored in the late 1970s, this village presents some bories; houses of shepherds who came to the heart of the cmapgne to accompany their animals on pasture during the season.
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